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E-Newsletter         May 2011


  Last Chance to win $$$ in the

 Green Ways to School Challenge


In This Issue
Go Green Win $$$
AfterSchool Trip Matching
Go for the Green Results
Miller Creek Save a Gallon
Caltrans Grants Available

Marin SR2S

Teens Go Green

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Here are some exciting highlights and updates from the Transportation Authority of Marin's Safe Routes to School program!


green ways to school


Pump Up Your Efforts

bike to school 

May is National Bike Month and the prefect time to pump up your efforts to increase your green trips to school.  Safe Routes to Schools is offering over $5000 in cash prizes for the school that has the highest increase in green trips to school. 

If you already walk or bike or carpool, increase it by one day a month.  If you are still driving on your own, find a carpool mate on SchoolPoolMarin

Sign up for Afterschool SchoolPool


 schoolpool logo has been enhanced this year. New features include:

After-School Trip Sharing: find travel companions to sports, rehearsals, classes, after-school care, camps...any kids activities!

Parents' Commute Option: request a carpool or bus buddy match list to your work and your child's school gets credit in the Green Ways to School Challenge. School staff can join, too!


Green Ways to School Pledge: if you don't need a SchoolPool match at this time, take the Pledge to walk, bike, carpool or use transit whenever possible and your school gets credit in the Challenge.


Jamba Juice Cards: Register for a SchoolPool match list -- the first 500 registrants receive a $5 JJ card.

Go for the Green Contest Increases Green Trips

 go for the green tree

Twenty-seven elementary schools participated in this years Go for the Green contest in which children kept track of their daily green trips by filling up their classroom tree poster with leaves.   76,348 green trips were recorded during the 4 week period, reducing 32 tons of CO2.

Bulech's 5th grade class at Hamilton School in Novato topped all other schools with 95% green trips through the duration of the contest.  Mary Silveira School recorded 61% of green trips - the highest percentage of all school tht have submitted results thus far.  That's a 10% increase over their fall baseline surveys.

Lycee Francais School in Corte Madera had the greatest results from the contest. When the year began all but 9% of the students were driven to school.  During the Go for the Green Contest 35% chose a green way to school, a 26% increase in a private school with very poor access for walkers and bikers.  Special thanks to the Twin Cities police who provided support for their special Walk and Roll to School Days.

To find out results for your school go to

Miller Creek Students Save a Gallon


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Students at Miller Creek saved 58 gallons and kept 1087 pound of CO2 out of the atmosphere during its ReThink your Commute contest this spring.  The students used a new web site called Save a Gallon and logged their trips using bar code tags that could be fitted on their backpacks.  A scanner on site logged their entries twice a week for four weeks.  Only bike, walking and carpool trips were recorded (a quarter of the school already arrives on the school bus).  Science classes competed for the most green trips during the contest period.  The winner was Ms Holland's 7th period class which recorded 67 trips.

Caltrans announces Call for Projects


Caltrans has just released their Call for Cycle 3 Federal Safe Routes to School Projects. The Guidelines and Application are available at Caltrans' website. The application deadline is July 15, 2011. $42 million in funds is currently available.  Any local or regional agency is eligible to apply.  School districts will need to partner with a local agency in order to apply for funds.

The Green Ways to School and SchoolPool Marin programs from TAM's Safe Routes to Schools are supported by additional funding from a $175,000 grant from the Marin Community Foundation's Climate Change Initiative and through a partnership with the Marin County Office of Education.